The Sensory Spectrum

For SPD Kiddos and Their Parents

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One Family’s Struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder

You are not alone in struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder. Here is one family’s struggle.

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New Survey Shows Concern among Mental Health Professionals About New DSM-5 Guidelines

The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy, in collaboration with online education provider, have released a new white paper on attitudes, perceptions and concerns about the upcoming publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013. It shows that six out of ten clinicians expect significant impact to clinical practice from DSM-5.

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy and release new survey entitled Clinician Perspective on DSM-5
Ultimately, this manual and the way in which clinicians apply its guidance impacts every patient treated by the mental health community. It’s a significant development for all clinicians. Continue reading

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Kids Who Feel Too Much

“Children with sensory processing disorder sometimes overreact or underreact to touch, sounds, and food textures. Doctors debate the condition, but parents say it’s real, and therapists say it’s treatable.” – Parents magazine

Kids Who Feel Too Much

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism

autism awareness month puzzle ribbon graphicApril is National Autism Awareness Month. Many parents who have children with Sensory Processing Disorder may wonder why we are talking about Autism on a site dedicated to SPD. Studies conducted by the SPD Foundation reveal more than three-quarters of children with autistic spectrum disorders may have sensory integration symptoms. Continue reading


No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges

Book: No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges

Amazon Description: This invaluable resource by Dr Lucy Jane Miller and Doreit Bialer helps teach cost effective, functional, on the spot tips to use for children with sensory issues at home, at school, or in a community setting.

Any parent, teacher, or therapist can use this book and help a child with sensory or motor issues!

As founder of the first comprehensive Sensory Processing Disorder research program nationwide and author of groundbreaking Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)Dr. Lucy Jane Miller‘s name is synonymous with sensory research, education, and treatment. Continue reading

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Sensory Processing Disorder: Tactile Dysfunction

Many kids are thrilled about the amount of snow some of us have gotten recently. However, for children with tactile dysfunction, the idea of heavy boots, bulky snowpants and jackets, and hats/mittens are enough to create a meltdown. So what exactly is tactile dysfunction?

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Sensory Processing Disorder: Ambiguous But Real

At a time when medical professionals have voted that SPD is not a “real” diagnosis, it’s refreshing to find a medical group that believes and understands that it is. The University of Virginia Health System recently put out this piece to address the misunderstanding of SPD.

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Adam’s First Visit to the Pediatrician (Photo credit: Lab2112)

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